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January 2009 - Employment. Legal Developments by Norrbom Vinding Law Firm, member of ius laboris.

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20-10-2008 - Digital sickness benefits, larger fines for health and safety violations and planned labour market reform – the Danish Government's draft legislative programme comprises a number of different proposals.

Legislative programme 2008-09

Marianne Granhøj
mg@norrbomvinding.com

Digital sickness benefits, larger fines for health and safety violations and planned labour market reform - the Danish Government's draft legislative programme comprises a number of different proposals.

At the opening session of Parliament, the Danish Government introduced its draft legislative programme 2008-09. In line with previous years, we provide a summary of relevant legislative initiatives within the field of HR and employment law.

Norrbom Vinding will of course be following the initiatives closely.

Legislation proposed by the Minister for Employment

Amendment of Working Environment Act: double fines

The Bill intends to double the fines for gross health and safety violations. The Bill also proposes to adjust health and safety at work legislation on a number of technical points.

Amendment of Sickness Benefits Act: mandatory reporting

A mandatory digital reporting system will be introduced and employers will be able to submit digital requests for partial recovery of salary paid to employees on sick leave.

Amendment of Posting of Workers Act: industrial action

The committee set up in the wake of the European Court of Justice's Laval ruling issued its report earlier this year, proposing among other things to regulate the right of trade unions to take industrial action (strike or blockade) against foreign service providers in Denmark. The Bill has been put out to consultation and will soon be introduced in the Danish Parliament. Click here to read Norrbom Vinding's article on the Laval Committee's report.

Legislation proposed by the Minister for Justice

Amendment of Administration of Justice Act: religious symbols to be prohibited

In early November, the Danish Government plans to introduce a bill to ban religious symbols in the court room and to introduce gowns for district court judges as well.

Amendment of Data Protection Act and Public Administration Act: aligning rules

The Bill proposes to harmonise the rules governing exchange of information between public authorities in order to remove the distinction between manual and electronic exchange of information.

Legislation proposed by the Minister for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs

Amendment of Aliens Act: easier to obtain visa to Denmark

The Bill intends to relax the rules for business visa by introducing a licensing system for employers receiving persons entering Denmark on a business visa. The Bill also intends to ease the rules for visitors visa.

Legislation proposed by the Minister for Taxation

Amendment of Personal Tax Act: fewer in the top band

With this Bill, the middle and top bands will be raised in order to prevent the number of top band tax payers increasing further.

Legislation proposed by the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation

Amendment of Act on Inventions at Public Research Institutions: more latitude to research scientists

Public research institutions will see an increase in their scope for pursuing public-private partnerships to exploit intellectual property such as patents.

Legislation proposed by the Minister for Economic and Business Affairs

Amendment of Limited Companies Acts: modernisation

The Bill will seek to modernise and simplify company rules.

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In addition to the above Bills, the Danish Government plans to announce a separate initiative on labour market reform later this autumn. The initiative will be backed by various legislative proposals, some of which will build on the tripartite agreement on sickness absence between the Danish Government and the social partners. The Danish Government will also be launching a drive to cut bureaucracy in the Ministry of Employment's field of activity.

Additional legislative initiatives are expected, including from the Ministers for Gender Equality and for Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs.

Finally, the report issued by the Tax Commission will spawn a number of bills of relevance also to employers and employees. The report is expected in early 2009.

This information does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such

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